Dr. Grace Parraga, PhD



Rank / Affiliations

  • Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
  • Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine
  • Department of Medical Biophysics
  • Department of Oncology
  • School of Biomedical Engineering



  • Undergraduate, Western University
  • Masters (Biochemistry), Western University
  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel Switzerland


Research Interest

  • COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer

Recent imaging research and engineering developments have accelerated the acquisition of high-resolution images of the respiratory system using novel noble gas methods such as hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) MRI and xenon-129 (129Xe) MRI.  Our team is developing quantitative regional imaging measurements of lung function and microstructure that until recently, have never been possible.  Another important goal of the lab is to identify and validate imaging intermediate endpoints of respiratory disease as potential therapeutic targets


Research Funding 

CIHR, NSERC, Astra Zeneca, Novartis, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chair program, Ontario Research Fund



  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (2018-2023)
  • CIHR New Investigator Award (2010-2015)



See pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=DetailsSearch&term=parraga+g[Author]&log$=activity

Google Scholar:  https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=1vlK0EEAAAAJ&hl=en


Contact Information

Robarts Research Institute

Phone: (519) 931-5265